I am going to build myself a mini-ITX machine now that Ivy Bridge chips are coming out. I've been dreaming of building something small for a long time now, and I'm itching for new hardware now after ca 2,5 years since my last purchase
I don't really need it for performance, got a slightly undervolted i7 860 and a HD5850 filling 1920x1200 pixels. By the way, I might very well go for a higher resolution screen over the next few years, i.e. within this new PC's lifetime.
Lian Li PC-Q11 http://www.lian-li.com.tw/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=545&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=64&g=f
I am also considering PC-Q25 or others, like Fractal Design Array r2
ASUS P8Z77-I http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z77I_DELUXE/
Expensive, but lekker indeed - dunno what I think of that daughtercard though
I'm planning to put in a i7 3770 K or S, we'll see about prices and availability but I do want the HD4000 part. Probably the K and try undervolting @stock Hz, the T model also being a lurker here. If the i5 3475S has good watt/performance/price ratio I might just aim for that one, as I really don't need the extreme performance (but I do like it...).
I guess 8 gigs of sweet fast low profile RAM will be sufficent for a while - but which one ?? Brand /model /speed recommendations are absolutely welcome
, as I think RAM can be a confusing market sometimes. But I'm looking for something I can trust.
And then, I really want to get my hands on a Seasonic SS-300/350 TFX 80 plus gold rated PSU's and try to fit it in the top back of the Q11 - maybe by taking it apart, and/or loose the lid or dremel it as needed. To get some air current flowing I might also have to make modifications to the Q11 itself. I guess the external power cable routing/connector will be a problem, but not impossible. http://www.seasonic.com/product/pc_tfx.jsp
. So far it's hard to find in europe, but I will see if this Czeck netshop http://interlink.tsbohemia.cz/seasonic-ss-300tgw-tfx-300w-80plus-gold-bulk_d140406.html
can send it to Norway.
Not expensive.. but sssh, dont tell them
Before this Seasonic unit recently popped up, I was considering PicoPSU or Electrodacus solutions, also wondering if I could use two, one for CPU and one for the graphics card ? (anyone?) X-400 was also considered, wondering if I could take it apart somehow and relocate the bits to get room for the CPU cooler. By fitting the PSU up in the top of the cabinet, I can use a tower heatpipe cooler for the CPU, like Scythe Mugen/Ninja or TR HR-02 Macho or anything else (big) designed for low airflow. I am looking at the the Macho, please stop me if you got better advice.What I am really struggling with, is how I can get power if I want to put a discreet graphics card with a 1 six-pin external power need. Can not the SS-300/350 power a 77w CPU and a high-mid GPU? The PSU as it is dont have connectors for this at all
;http://www.seasonic.com/pdf/datasheet/N ... %20PFC.pdfIs it possible for me to cheat(I mean fix) and rewire/addon to the Seasonic PSU so I get the six-pin connector I need for GPU? Is it possible to power a discreet graphics card with a juryrigged Pico PSU solution?? Do I have to settle for a GPU that can power from the internal PCI-e slot only?
(75w) I will think hard about my wish for the extra power versus the PSU operating within its optimal range when the computer is idling, which is often. So I haven't still decided if I want the 300W or 350W model and if i need modular cabling or not, but availability might decide this for me:P
I'm not gonna build this PC for gaming immediately, but I'm pretty sure I will try to get as much graphic power as I can in there later, but not TOO much - that's too noisy. There will be a SSD, of course - and then I'll just have to see whattodo with my HDD's (...) I'm quite uncertain if I should bother getting an optical drive, maybe just to have BR for the future - but again, I don't really need it today so.. For airflow in the cabinet, i will most probably swap the stock fan, and maybe play around with placement and even hard mods, ruining my friends dremel again
But cardboard ducting inside is a starter anyway. I wonder if can end up with 1 big fan (TY-140) in the CPUcooler push position for the whole PC.
Just wanted to post a link to a forumtread at HardOCP where another guy managed to put another PSU in the same place I'm thinking of; http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1523097&page=31
- many phyne builds in that tread ..and another very inspired Q11 build, I like that he polished the harddrives; http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/sho ... -Li-PC-Q11